Jamie Oliver stamped “like” on my tweet about cooking a deep pan pizza on the weekend, so that’s my self-isolation menu approval sorted. Celebrity chef endorsement – tick.
I asked readers to send in favourite national dishes last week to extend The Interpreter’s books for quarantine series to account for a country of budding cooks, the hope being to offer ideas to clean out some bulging pantries. What a mix arrived, so I’ll share them here. And given this started with me bragging about baking a loaf of bread, my colleague Lydia Khalil spotted an Egyptian-style antique version.
Lydia also noted that since diets are out the window, Egypt’s dish of exclusively carbs and pantry friendly ingredients is Koshari.
ABC journalist Lauren Béldi suggested Hungarian.
From the land of my people - Chicken Paprikash https://t.co/Pb15OCjyGy— Lauren Béldi (@LaurenBeldi) March 31, 2020
Regular contributor Khang Vu made me desperate for the chance to again visit the local shops near my house in Melbourne.
Vietnamese Banh Mi. pic.twitter.com/WkXlHZ78Y3— Khang Vu (@KhangXVu) March 31, 2020
Further to the Southeast Asian theme, Nick Bisley has chimed in.
Hey @danielflitton and @LowyInstitute food focus. The highly domestic life has focused my mind on mee goreng, something I always seek out in Singapore (a much underrated dish). I've found @adamliaw recipe his 'Adam's Big Pot' book works brilliantly. Mmmm, fried noodles.— Nick Bisley (@NickBisley) April 7, 2020
Another contributor Aisyah Llewllyen suggested “proper Shepherd’s pie”, to which I’d recommend this episode of my favourite YouTube cooking show Binging With Babish (and good to see the New York–based Babish appears to have recovered from contracting Covid-19).
And a late delicious looking entry from CPD’s Travers McLeod, where the trusty potato and leek soup has been the go-to dish, but he stepped it up a nosh on the weekend with some Alsatian fare inspired by Tori Haschka. (Our snouts monitoring other think tanks report back that his Choucroute came out okay but was missing a critical side …)
Meanwhile, another colleague and former Interpreter supremo Sam Roggeveen has an eye to the coming colder months.
Dutch split pea soup. A great winter meal. https://t.co/T8wjwJAAeq— Sam Roggeveen (@SamRoggeveen) March 30, 2020
Now, which one will most impress Gordon Ramsay?